The Met Office is forecasting hotter weather on Friday and Saturday with temperatures in the high teens, above average for the time of year, but then the mercury will fall next week
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Britons are expected to hit the beaches with scorching temperatures to continue the weekend but are being told to make the most of it before an arctic freeze arrives and snow returns.
People enjoyed muggier weather on Thursday as mercury hit 20C again, with the hottest part of the country being East Yorkshire.
The high pressure system is firmly entrenched over the UK promising much more blue skies and sunshine for Friday and into the weekend with widespread temperatures in the high teens and reaching 19C.
That means sunbathers will flock to beaches across the country and beer gardens are likely to be buzzing.
Sun seekers don’t need to head to southern Europe this week as the UK was warmer than the Costas.
But sadly it’s short-lived as BBC weather predicts another cold snap around the corner.
And maps from WXCharts show lows of -4C in several inches of snow in Scotland late next week.
“There are some big changes in weather patterns along the way, but not yet,” said BBC forecaster Darren Bett.
“On Thursday, despite the hazy sunshine, temperatures reached 20C in East Yorkshire, the warmest place in the country.
“It was a few degrees cooler than in Scotland and Northern Ireland where we saw more cloud and we still have a weak weather front in the North Isles bringing some wet weather here. Otherwise high pressure dominates the weather.
“With this stagnant air and no mixing, we continue to see poor air quality and we will see high levels of air pollution again, particularly on Friday in the eastern parts.”
There should be a cold start by Friday before temperatures rise as they have all week.
“Under this high pressure and clear skies, we start the day on a cool note, as we have for the past few days,” Mr Bett said.
“Temperatures in rural areas will not be far from freezing. There may be a few patches of frost and fog to start the day in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but away from the North Isles there will be more sunshine for Scotland and Northern Ireland on Friday. Lots of sunshine for England and Wales.”
He continued: “Dry and largely sunny day and again fairly warm for the time of year 18C, maybe 19C for England and Wales. High pressure is still present across the UK on Saturday.”
See you Sunday, however, and there is likely to be more cloud and temperatures a few degrees cooler, but still in the mid teens.
Then it should be much colder.
“But over the next week we’re seeing significant changes, not least because we’re going to start seeing a northerly wind moving down and that’s going to really bring temperatures down,” Mr Bett said.
“As the high recedes early next week we have a chance to see some rain and then this northerly wind comes in, it’s going to be a lot colder during the day and also at night.”
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Remains fine and dry for most
Fine, dry and sunny for most and warm to the touch. Cloudier for parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England. Some rain developing over the North Isles and perhaps a scattered afternoon shower over Northern Ireland.
Dry, clear and cool for most with some fog and mist for East and South East England. Cloudier in the distant N and NW with light rain for the North Islands.
Nice, sunny and warm for most. Windier in the south, making some coasts cool. Cloudier in the north with some rain for the North Islands.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Areas of low cloud and patchy fog retreating to coasts on Sunday; less warm in England and Wales. A few showers will develop on Monday before getting colder from the north.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-forecast-brits-bask-26552406 UK weather forecast: Brits will bask in the weekend heat of 19C before snow and ice return